During a Democrat fundraiser on Sunday night in San Diego, California, President Barack Obama claimed that there had been no “major scandal” during his presidency, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
The Free Beacon reported:
Obama made the comment while railing against Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee who once called him “one of the most corrupt presidents” in modern history.
Issa, locked in a tough reelection battle, has touted Obama’s signing of a sexual assault bill he cosponsored, according to the Washington Examiner. Obama called it the “definition of chutzpah” after Issa’s earlier criticisms of him.
The stop in San Diego was part of a barnstorming campaign by the president to win back Democratic control of Congress. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump in the polls and is trying to help her party down the ballot.
“Here’s a guy who called my administration perhaps the most corrupt in history–despite the fact that actually we have not had a major scandal in my administration–that, when Trump was suggesting that I wasn’t even born here, said, well, I don’t know, was not sure,” Obama said, according to Politico Playbook. “This guy has spent all his time simply trying to obstruct, to feed the same sentiments that resulted in Donald Trump becoming their nominee.”
No major scandals? Really, how about the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal which saw veterans die because of criminally long wait times? How about Obama’s lie that you could keep your doctor under Obamacare and that it would make healthcare more affordable? That doozy was PolitiFact’s 2013 “Lie of the Year”: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”
Then there’s the IRS’s admitted targeting of conservative groups who sought tax-exempt status. Let’s also have a chat about the $1.7 billion ransom payment to Iran — the top state sponsor of terrorism in the world.
Let’s not forget his responsibility for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has yet to be held responsible for her failure, neither has Obama. As president, the buck stops with him, and he has a great deal to answer for.
Issa released a statement in response to Obama’s comments:
“I’m disappointed but not surprised that the president, in a political speech, continues to deny accountability for the serious scandals that happened under his watch where Americans died overseas and veterans have died here at home,” he said. “You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who thinks I’ve done too much to hold Washington accountable. I’ve worked with the administration on good legislation where it was possible, called out wrongdoing wherever I saw it and will continue to do so.”
Obama has told many lies throughout his presidency, but this may be either the most delusional or the most sinister one yet.
This is, of course, what Democrats do. They deflect, deny, and pretend like things simply didn’t happen. Still, for it to come out of the president’s mouth knowing what he’s responsible for is particularly egregious. Is it January yet?